Gifted Lad and Let Her Rip for Melbourne

Gifted Lad (Troy) Harris easily winning the Speedy Signs- EmbroidMe 1950 at Rotorua. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Gifted Lad sealing his St Leger tilt with an easy win in the Speedy Signs- EmbroidMe 1950 at Rotorua. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).


Cambridge trainers will be represented in two of the races at Flemington on Saturday.

Joining Gifted Lad, who will tackle the Listed A$200,000 VRC St Leger (2800m), on tomorrow’s flight will be Let Her Rip, a candidate for the A$120,000 Anzac Day Stakes (1400m), in which she will be ridden by Craig Williams.

Both horses pleased their connections with their work at Cambridge this morning with Gifted Lad showing he has trained on well since his highweight win at Rotorua last start.

Trained by Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, Gifted Lad won the Rotorua 1950-metre race in the hands of Troy Harris by four and a half lengths under the steadier of 69kg and, though he will face far stronger opposition in the St Leger, he will drop 13kg.

The son of Zabeel has won twice from seven starts and both times have been over ground. His maiden victory was over 2200 at Hastings and he was considered good enough to contest the Gr. 1 TV3 NZ Derby, in which he finished unplaced.

Let Her Rip won impressively on debut at Matamata for trainer Shaune Ritchie then finished seventh at Ellerslie after being slow away.

Ritchie is unperturbed by the Ellerslie run and wants to test the Melbourne scene with her this weekend.

“She’s partially owned in Melbourne and I want to find out if she is good enough to take back there in the spring,” he said.

“That’s why it’s so good to have Craig Williams on her. To get the feedback from him on whether she would shape up there in the spring will be great. He knows better than anyone.”